Adalgisa Rivera

Ali on the Run Show Episode 448: The Everyday Runner, Adalgisa Rivera

“I just loved what I saw. I felt seen. I felt heard. There were so many people that looked like me, or they had similar journeys. They were in a transitional point in their lives, and fitness was part of that. So I just kept coming back.”

This week on the Everyday Runner series, meet Adalgisa (best known as “Lisa”) Rivera. Not only did Lisa and I record this episode just a few days after she completed the New York City Marathon, we also did so on Veteran’s Day — an especially meaningful day for Lisa, who served in the U.S. Army National Guard for eight years. On this episode, Lisa shares her emotional NYC Marathon recap, and talks about how she first found running several years ago. (It involved being dragged to a Harlem Run workout “kicking and screaming.” Fast forward a few years, and Lisa is now a five-time marathoner and pacer for Harlem Run.) She talks about her childhood, and about discovering the importance of community. And she talks about getting her master’s degree in social work, and pursuing a career working in child welfare. Plus, all about her experience at the TransRockies Run this summer (and why she wants to double that distance in 2022), and why it’s so important for Lisa to be a “change agent” in her community.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Lisa reflects on her time serving in the military (4:10)
  • Lisa’s emotional New York City Marathon recap (17:00)
  • What Lisa’s childhood was like, and how she got into social work (27:00)
  • How Lisa found running (39:30)
  • What’s next for Lisa? (59:50)

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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